TV tonight: series finale of Breaking Bad and the return of Homeland

The final episode of Breaking Bad tonight on AMC
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2013 —Tonight one of the highest rated TV shows of all time comes to an end. After five seasons, ten Emmys and a body count that would rival any “Rambo” film, the final episode of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” is finally upon us.

Over its span of five seasons we have watched Walter White’s transformation from a mild mannered chemistry teacher to a methamphetamine drug lord. And during these five seasons “Breaking Bad” has become just as addictive as the meth White manufactures.

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The reason for the popularity of “Breaking Bad” has been probed, poked and over analyzed, but no clear answer has emerged. Some say it is because the show reflects the real life decline of morality in America while others credit the original story line for the show’s success.

A good portion of the credit belongs to the show’s creator Vince Gilligan for always staying one step ahead of the audience. Rather than establish the characters in the beginning and build on their consistency, Gilligan gave us a cast in constant change. Keeping an audience guessing is no easy task, but “Breaking Bad” has perfected the art.

While we watched Walter White enthusiastically embrace his dark side, his partner in crime Jesse Pinkman was less willing to dismiss his grasp of right and wrong. Because of this Jesse may be the only character we actually care about. We have watched Jesse suffer enough to want him to survive, but even this isn’t a given. Gilligan has killed off too many characters to make the audience think Jesse is safe.

Walter’s wife Skyler forfeited any reason to care about her when she chose money over morality. With Walter the decline has been consistent, but Skyler’s ethics came and went depending on the situation. Because of this she is the most annoying character on the show. Killing her off probably wouldn’t upset that many people. But Gilligan has never steered the show in a predictable direction, so anything could happen to Skyler on tonight’s finale.

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The same is true with Walter White. Despite being one of the most evil characters we have seen in recent years, his fate is just as unpredictable as Jesse’s or Skyler’s. Tonight when the final episode airs anything is possible. This is why we love “Breaking Bad,” and will lament its departure. It keeps us guessing till the last moment.

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Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Once Upon A Time: (New) Unfriendly mermaids threaten those searching for Henry in Neverland; Henry and another escapee from Peter Pan’s encampment go on the run; a still-recovering Neal travels the enchanted forest with Mulan in search of Emma’s and Henry’s fates.

CBS: Amazing Race 23: (New) The teams head to their first destination, Iquique, Chile, where one competitor faces a fear of heights.

FOX: The Simpsons: (New) Lisa gets help from the FBI when she suspects something bad has happened to Homer.

NBC: Sunday Night Football: (Live) Patriots at Falcons: Tom Brady leads the undefeated Patriots into Atlanta to battle quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons. From the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

PBS: Last Tango in Halifax: (New) The police search for the missing Alan and Celia, who are locked inside the medieval hall without phone service. A worried Caroline and Gillian, meanwhile, form a supportive bond.

8:30 p.m.

FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (New) Bob, Linda and the kids brave river rapids, squirrels and separation while on a camping adventure.

9 p.m.

ABC: Revenge: (New) Emily’s quest for revenge is renewed; the return of Victoria’s son changes and complicates the Grayson family.

CBS: The Good Wife: (New) Alicia works to prevent the execution of a convicted murderer as she plans her exit from the firm with Cary; Eli helps Peter put together his staff.

FOX: Family Guy: (New) Word that Peter believes a restaurant placemat is a treasure map pits the citizens of Quahog against each other as they search for the prize.

PBS: Masterpiece Mystery: (New) “Foyle’s War” concludes its seventh season with “Sunflower,” in which Foyle is tasked with protecting a former Nazi officer-turned-MI5 informant from the Americans, who want him for his alleged involvement in a wartime atrocity.

SHO: Homeland: (New) Season 3 begins with Brody remaining at large, while Carrie is called to testify before a senate committee investigating the terrorist bombing in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Saul takes command at the CIA; and the Brody family deal with a tragic occurrence.

HBO: Boardwalk Empire: (New) Nucky becomes more acquainted with Arnold Rothstein during a high-stakes poker game, but the evening yields another potential partner in the Florida land deal.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: American Dad: (New) When Steve and Snot use a cloning machine to create dates for prom night; they end up having to raise two fast-growing babies.

10 p.m.

ABC: Betrayal: (New) When Sara meets an attorney named Jack, they both feel an immediate and undeniable attraction; Sara learns that her husband will be facing off with Jack in a high-profile murder case.

CBS: The Mentalist: (New) The team investigates the murder of a man who was missing for two years, as Jane and Lisbon continue their secret mission of narrowing down the list of Red John suspects.

SHO: Masters of Sex: (New) Dramatic depiction of the lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. In the opener, Masters begins conducting a secret study of human sexuality and meets Virginia Johnson, a former nightclub singer who joins the hospital secretarial staff and proves herself to be an asset to Masters’ work. 

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Extreme Homes at 8 p.m. on HGTV

Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off at 8 p.m. on Food Channel

The Real Housewives of New Jersey at 8 p.m. on BRAVO

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown at 9 p.m. on CNN

Drugs Inc. at 9 p.m. on NGC

Breaking Bad at 9 p.m. on AMC

Keeping Up With the Kardashians at 9 p.m. on E!

Love it or List it, Too at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Mountain Men at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Breaking Amish: LA at 9 p.m. on TLC

Alaskan State Troopers at 10 p.m. on NGC

House Hunters Renovation at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Cutthroat Kitchen at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Talking Bad at 10:15 p.m. on AMC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Goldeneye on ENC

Mean Girls on FLIX

Taken on FX

The Debt on HBO

Scarface on IFC

Rebecca on TCM

Transformers on TNT

9 p.m.

Parental Guidance on HBO

Magic Mike on MOMAX

My Week With Marilyn on SHO

Later tonight:

Heathers at 9:40 p.m. on FLIX

Million Dollar Baby at 10 p.m. on HBO

The Big Chill at 10 p.m. on SUND

People Like Us at 10 p.m. on TMC

21 Jump Street at 10:05 p.m. on STARZ

Notorious at 10:15 p.m. on TCM

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